Just an fyi really. Going thru the local orange borg the other day needed
some ply for the stuff I was doing and noticed on the far end some nice
plywood - closer inspection showed it was poplar veneered ply - $30 a sheet.
A bit cheaper than the normal birch they carry and it stains better as well.
Just wanted to pass it along.
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I was at one of mine and they had some 8X4 sheets
3/4 thick of birch stacked as high as my head on the floor
for $29.95. The good stuff too. Not the 5 layer junk they sell
for $45, but the 12-13 layered stuff you see in all the woodworking
Was just at our locate lowes and HD which were 2 miles apart. Both had the
same prices and both(wood) looked the same
3/4 4x8 oak ply & birch ply for 42.95
1/4 4x8 oak ply for 19.99
Wonder if the prices vary from different areas of the US?
A little I'm sure. But the other ply I was talking about
@ $29.95 sheet is something my stores get in every
once in a blue moon. None of the lumber people
can explain why it comes in just once in a while and
why it even comes in at all.
Not only do prices vary, but items stocked can vary from store to
I recently sat next to a tile backer board and gypsum salesman on a
plane. He explained to me that many BORG (blue & orange) store
managers are empowered to make purchasing decisions for individual
stores In some stores, even a department manager can do this! Some
products, especially building materials can be chosen over others
based on shipping costs, as the product cost may be identical between
I didn't realize that stores had this much autonomy, but according to
this guy, they do. I always thought that HD & Lowes ran more like a
Wal-Mart, with everything coming from the mother ship. They don't.
This also explains why an awful lot of stuff is missing from the web,
as the web sites are considered stores in themselves, competing
against their own brick and mortar brothers.
His current crusade was to get store managers to order his backer
board, as they already sell his sheetrock & mud, so they can go on the
same truck and combine for shipping and volume discounts.
The Middletown and Berlin, CT Home Depot stores are less than 5 miles
from a large molding plant. Guess whose catalog comes out first at
the Pro Desk? <G>
Moral of the story? If you ask the store manager, not the guy in the
aisle, you may actually see what you want in the store.
That moral works for any store, small or large, drugstore, office supply or
hardware store. It doesn't make sense to ask the guy in the aisle, unless you
know he owns a chunk of the action. Clerks have no power and often, too often
IMO, their suggestions are ignored.
"It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of
common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever
ineligible for public office." H. L. Mencken
The Home Depot web site is certainly missing tons of stuff, but the I find
the Lowes site is very complete. They even list if the item is in stock
at your local store.
On the Lowes site, they ask for a zip code and won't display stuff that
can't be shipped if you are not near a store.
The Home Depot site is worthless. I want to be able to check out the
price on an item before I head to the store. Why in heck would anyone
order something from Home Depot and pay shipping when almost anyone in the
USA has access to a store? Home Depot has stores in almost every rural
city of any size here in Minnesota.
Check with HD and see if the catalog CD is still available got mine a
little over a year ago and update the prices etc. every time I use it.
It sure helps me determine when to buy local or drive for an hour into
London to pick the stuff up at the nearest HD. Of course you definitely
combine that trip with some other stuff.
Yup. And availability, without shipping. I've got to drive 30 miles in one
direction to hit one Lowe's or reverse and go 35 in the other to hit Lowe's and
HD. Either way, I have to go there and look to see if they have what I need,
which is OK if they've got it, but a real PITA if they don't.
"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of
We have something similar. Home Depot is calling it
"Classic Birch". It's a Chiwanese version of Baltic birch.
It's not awful/makes good shoppe cabinets/furniture,
especially considering it's nearly as cheap as MDF.
Yes, I know, MDF is dollars cheaper than $30.
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